Beyonce and Jay-Z were honoured at the 2019 Brit Awards with the prize for Best International Group on Wednesday at the O2 London. The power couple didn’t attend the but accepted their trophy via an epic video message.
Illustrator Tim O’Brien created the hyperrealistic portrait of Meghan that appears in the video and the artist says he did the oil painting of the royal last year for the Summer 2018 cover of Meghan’s sorority’s magazine.
In their acceptance speech, Beyoncé and JAY-Z recreate their music video for “APES—,” in which they pose in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” by replacing the world-famous painting with a portrait of Meghan to pay tribute to her.
Taking to Instagram to explain their reason for including the Meghan photo, Beyonce wrote:
“Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. ?? In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy”.